One of the biggest questions from parents of STEM students is "how do I keep my children learning STEM at home?"
The great news is that there are plenty of activities that children can do at home with their parents without the need of computers or expensive equipment. Here are some suggestions.
- Cooking - particularly following instructions from recipes is a fantastic way to improve planning skills. Successfully preparing a meal is a very rewarding experience.
- Assembling or repairing furniture - helping build or repair things around the house helps improve problem solving skills and helps make STEM skills relevant to everyday life.
- Boardgames - games that involve asking questions, guessing or randomness like dice can improve strategic thinking as well as communication skills.
- Gardening - growing small plants and vegetables improves understanding of biology as well as planning skills. Gardening also requires a lot of patience and forward thinking.
- Sport - sport is fantastic for improving strategy and problem solving skills. It is also great for improving fitness and health.
- Music - learning a musical instrument requires a lot of patience and dedication. Understanding how music is created also improves maths and fine motor skills.
- Arts and crafts - assembling arts and crafts improves understanding of materials. Crafting also improves fine motor skills.
- Repurposing/Recycling - give kids an appreciation of the environment by encouraging them to recycle and repurpose discarded objects. Finding ways to keep old items useful is a meaningful problem solving skill.
The key to a rich learning experience is to be actively engaged with your child while they explore their skills. Clear, accurate communication is important for STEM activities.